Strategic Plan

VBC is the yacht/boat club of choice in the Lake Erie region.  We are “the place to be”, offering a family friendly, and casual, high value proposition.  Our members enjoy a relaxed social environment, power & sail boating opportunities beyond compare, and amenities that make them want to continue their membership and invite their friends to join.

VBC’s mission is to provide our members and guests enjoyment, relaxation and value as the club of choice on Lake Erie.


1.     Member Experience

Above all else, VBC exists to provide a superior experience to its members and guests.  We will build deep, long-term member relationships, by better understanding, anticipating, and fulfilling stated and latent member needs.  We will continually surprise our members and guests with knowledgeable, caring, and unhurried service and attention.

Supporting Goals & Objectives for 2016:

Welcoming Culture: Provide opportunities for new and established members to feel welcome in the club.

Core Database: Establish a “one stop” database of member information to streamline member communications, facilitate volunteerism, and better understand member needs and wants.

2.     Operational Excellence

To support the member experience, we will improve and leverage our systems and operations to achieve superior member satisfaction and membership retention.  Each and every trustee, officer, and employee will focus on the flow of value to our members and guests, and fix that flow before it breaks down.

Supporting Goals & Objectives for 2016:

Volunteer Culture:  Actively promote, encourage, and foster a culture where every member volunteers to make the club better – clean ups, maintenance, remodeling, decorating, Burgers by the Boats …

Special Projects Trustee:  Appoint one special projects trustee to focus on engaging new members and volunteer outreach.

Staff Initiative:  Under direction of the General Manager, the staff will identify and implement $20,000 bottom line improvement through efficiency and service revenue improvements.

3.     Continuous Improvement of the Value Proposition

We will incrementally improve our facilities, services, and amenities such that members and guests see and feel a better club every month and every year. Our focus is on incremental and continuous improvement over the “Big Bang or Quantum leap.  We seek to be a better club every week, every month, and every year.

Supporting Goals & Objectives for 2016:

Member Satisfaction Survey:  Conduct a member satisfaction survey to allow us to identify areas of improvement and address issues before they are a significant problem.

Continuous Improvement Schedule: Establish prioritized scheduled of club improvements to be implemented over a rolling three year period.

Innovation Along the Way: Foster, and implement cost effective innovative ideas for improvement in our facilities, services, and amenities.

4.     Financial Stewardship

Our officers, trustees, committees, and employees will shepherd the resources of Vermilion Boat Club to ensure a strong balance sheet, income statement, and reserves to fund the club’s future and continuing operations.

Supporting Goals & Objectives for 2016:

Chart of Accounts: Create and implement a revised chart of accounts that better reflects the operations of VBC and facilitates management and decision making. Build a budget and operate within it.

Timely Reporting: Insure that balance sheet, income statement and cash flow analysis is available for review and analysis in time for each VBC Board meeting, finance committee meeting, and the annual membership meeting.

Bequests and Gifts:  Establish a process by which members can provide gifts and bequests and the club can actively solicit gifts and bequests.


Dock Rules



[for VBC resident dockers]


1.       A list of members requesting resident docks at VBC will be maintained by the VBC Dock Committee.  This committee is comprised of the Commodore, Dock Trustee and Club Manager.  Requests to be added to this list shall be made in writing with the appropriate deposit of $50.  Any member in good standing may request to be placed on the dock waiting list.  However, only SENIOR and SENIOR YACHTSMEN members may occupy a dock.  A single deposit will qualify the member for both the 35-foot and 40-foot dock waiting lists.  When a member turns down an available dock their name then goes to the bottom of the list.


2.       A member may not have two docks.  A member may have his/her name on the waiting list for a dock of a different size while occupying another dock, but may not have his/her name on the list for a second dock of the same size.


3.       New resident dockers must submit a $3,000 deposit to the VBC Dock Committee within fourteen (14) days of notification and acceptance of said dock.


4.       Dock rental will be $2,735.00 per year for 40-foot docks and $2,394.00 for 35-foot docks regardless of boat size.  Rental will be paid in two equal installments with the first installment due January 31 and the second installment due March 31.  Members taking a dock during the year will pay in full prior to occupying the dock.  No rental payments will be accepted from any member thirty (30) days in arrears in the payment of annual dues, assessments or any club account.  Additional seasonal costs incurred to accommodate wider beans shall be borne by the encroaching boat.


5.       Each dock is intended for one (1) boat only – dinghies (tenders) will be stored aboard, not ashore, but may be kept with your boat in the water as long as they do not interfere with the other dockers.


6.       No rafting permitted except by permission of Dockmaster.


7.       Picnic tables will be provided through VBC and will be uniform in size and removed at the end of the boating season.


8.       Trash and garbage are to be placed in the available dumpsters.


9.       Docks are not to be sub-rented or used by anyone other than the docking member or their immediate family (subject to VBC guest rules) without the prior approval of the Dockmaster and/or Club Manager except for rentals to visitors under the supervision of the Dockmaster.


10.   Members vacating their dock overnight must notify the Dockmaster and/or Club Manager so as to allow overnight rental of the dock to visitors.  If not notified, the docker may be assessed for rents lost at $1.75 per foot of the length of his/her boat for each night the dock is vacant.


11.   Utilities are to be used efficiently and not wasted.  Air conditioning units are to be turned off when you are not staying aboard (extra utilities charge to be decided by Dock Committee and owners at a later date).


12.   Partying and noise-making must stop by 11:00 pm and quiet hours observed thereafter.


13.   Alcoholic beverages obtained from any source other than the club bar are to be kept aboard and are not to be consumed ashore.


14.   Docks will be assigned annually by the VBC Dock Committee.


15.   All docking matters will be administered by the VBC Dock Committee and Dockmaster, subject to the jurisdiction and control of the VBC Board of Trustees.  The Dock Committee has the authority to revoke docking privileges at any time.


16.   Grills will be provided by VBC and no other grills will be permitted.


17.   No pets aboard or ashore.


18.   Hauling of the docks will be at the discretion of the VBC Dock Committee and all boats are to be removed prior to the date established by the committee.  Failure to comply will result in an assessment of $100 per day which may be deducted from dock deposit.


19.   Disregard of dock rules and regulations will not be tolerated and will result in suspension of docking privileges.


20.   a) All walking areas will be kept clear of hoses, pails, electric cords and other foreign materials at all times.

b) The water and concrete area, so marked, at the hoist and dry sail area is to be kept clear of autos, trailers, boats and other obstacles at all times


21.   a)            40-foot docks

                Power & Sail

                Length – 46 foot maximum

                Beam – As can be accommodated with regard to beam space and draft available subject              to approval of the Dock Committee.


                35-foot docks

                Power & Sail

                Length – 37 foot maximum

                Beam – As can be accommodated with regard to beam space and draft available subject              to approval of the Dock Committee.

                b) The Dock Committee has the right to reassign any and all dockage slips in order to      accommodate all dockers with regards to safety and size of boat.

                c) The Dock Committee must be consulted when any docker (current or new) plans to purchase               another boat to confirm if current slip is usable.  Said new boat must adhere to above     parameters.

d) The Dock Committee must be notified in writing of Dock Holder’s request for slip reassignment.  The Dock Committee shall maintain a list of all those wishing reassignment. The Dock Committee shall refer to and only make offers to those Dock Holders who have served notice when open docks become available. Open docks will be presented to those who has submitted a written request and are on the Dock Committee’s list of those wishing dock reassignment, based on tenure of dockage.  Tenure of dockage is measured by years Dock Holder has held dock within each dock category (i.e. 35’ or 40’).  Any Dock Holder who accepts reassignment to a different dock shall lose dock seniority and have to start "at the bottom" of the reassignment dock list.


e) Steps used on docks to access boats will be controlled by the Dock Committee and must not                 offer any safety hazard or inconvenience to fellow dockers (only three steps high and must be     stable and secure).

                f) All current dockers protected by a grandfather clause will not be affected by any change in     boat size regulation in regard to their current boat.

                g) Boat length defined as manufacturer’s center line length of hull.


22.   A docking member will be responsible for keeping his OH number or Documentation number current with the Dock Committee.


23.   No overnight guests allowed on boat unless occupied by boat owners or their spouses unless special permission is requested by the boat owner from the Dock Committee.


24.   Dock boxes will be of uniform size and shape.  Dockers are responsible for installation, removal and storage.  Space limitations require that dock boxes not be left on VBC property during the off season.


25.   All boat owners will provide VBC with a certificate of insurance.




REVISED 01/24/2017



Welcome Aboard


Welcome to The Vermilion Boat Club

VBC is a private club located on the Vermilion River with a beautiful, picturesque view and many amenities. The VBC offers something for everyone: boaters, non-boaters, families and singles alike. We are a member of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association (I-LYA), which entitles members access to the facilities of many yachting clubs throughout Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario. 

VBC Features

  • A beautiful dining room, lounge, and deck overlooking the Vermilion River
  • Private restaurant
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Downstairs lounge bar
  • New swimming pool
  • Large grass picnic area with grills along the river
  • Playground for children and playroom inside the club
  • Power and Sail fleet rendezvous
  • Renowned youth sailing program
  • Adult sailing and racing program
  • Dry sail area with hoist
  • Deep water sail and power dockage with direct lake access
  • Guest dock availability
  • Numerous parties and activities every month of the year
  • Family friendly environment

 VBC Pool


Our Story

VBC is not just a boat club.  We're a swim club, social club, dining club, educational facility, and a whole lot more. Based on our history, we'll be even more in the future as we strive to be a better club every week ... every month ... every year!

Here is s brief look at our history:

The Beginning

The Vermilion Boat Club (VBC) is a boating/yachting club with nearly a century of history. It was started on June 27, 1913, by F.W. Wakefield and Tom Ball, with Tom Ball serving as its first Commodore. Dues were set at $1.00 per year and the club grew to 50 members in its first year. The club also joined the Inter-Lake Yachting Association (I-LYA).

The Early Years

In the early 1900's, sailing regattas were very popular. From 1906 – 1913, the Lakewood Yacht Club, which later merged with the Cleveland Yacht Club, came to Vermilion every year to hold Regattas up until the VBC was formed.

From 1914 – 1920, the club held canoe races and swimming and diving events. The club also continued the annual Regattas in Vermilion. Their first Regatta in 1915 was called the "Open Regatta." The 1916 Regatta was called "South Shore" and that name remained for the following years. During these early years, people from all over would flock to the Vermilion River on weekends to watch the Regattas and have parties in the streets. These parties were very early versions of what transpired in later years into what is now known as the Vermilion Fish Festival.


For nearly 50 years, the VBC did not have a permanent home and met in many locations in Vermilion. The first location was in the Mayor's office on Main Street. Over the years, the club met in several locations on Main Street including the Nolan Saloon and the second floor of the Fischer building. In subsequent years, the club met in the Sail Loft (now known as Chez Francois), above Hart's Drug Store (now the Main Street Grill) and later on the second floor of the former McGarvey's restaurant. In 1961, the VBC moved to its current location and permanent home on the Vermilion River.

The Modern Era

The current VBC building was originally a fish house as commercial fishing was the major industry in Vermilion during the early 1900's. In 1976, additional property was purchased next door from the Fischer family estate which gave the VBC considerable water front exposure on the Vermilion River. This expansion allowed the club to have 32 docks which exist today. Several improvements have been made to the club including an expanded dining room in 1994, a new Sail Camp building in 2005 and a new pool in 2007.

Today, the club has a mix of boat owners and non-boat owners. VBC has an extensive social program which includes theme parties, dances, cookouts, pool parties, power boat rendezvous' and sailing regattas. In 1952, the Sail Camp was started and continues to this day teaching sailing, safety and boating skills to various age groups.